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Amateur Radio Volunteers Active in Latest Round of California Wildfires

2017-12-11 18:58:16

The massive and barely contained Thomas Fire in Southern California has consumed more than 230,500 acres, and the emergency has caused residents in fire-threatened areas to evacuate. Amateur Radio volunteers remain active supporting communication for American Red Cross shelters in Ventura County. More evacuations are likely, although the need for Amateur Radio assistance remains dynamic. Cal Fire said today (December 11) that evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth, speeded by low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds, which will push the fire further into Santa Barbara, County. One of several fires that have broken out across Southern California, the Thomas Fire is far and away the largest....
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Poor propagation conditions have forced the Maine Potato Net to reschedule...

2017-12-10 23:14:36

Hi All,
Due to poor propagation conditions at both 19:00 EST and 17:30 EST, the Maine Potato Net (3958 KHZ) schedule for the Winter Season during EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be changed as shown below. My apologies to those who are working and can’t get home in time for the net; the purpose of the change is to keep the net “alive” during this season of poor propagation after sunset.
Day NCS Time
Monday N2FKW, Bob 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Tuesday KD2OAM, John 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Wednesday N2FKW, Bob 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Thursday KD2OAM, John 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Friday N2FKW, Bob 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Saturday KD2JKV, Peter 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Sunday KE2MA, Frank 16:30 EST (that’s 4:30PM EST, 21:30 UTC)
Please note that our “nominal frequency is 3958 KHZ on the 75 Meter band, lower sideband.
QRM situations may force us to another frequency in the 3953 KHZ to 3963 KHZ range; tune around id you don’t find us.
Bob - N2FKW

21 of our favorite Raspberry Pi projects

2017-12-08 17:57:11

The perfect high-tech craft project

We're big fans of the Raspberry Pi here at ZDNet. These inexpensive mini computers are amazing -- you can turn them into retro gaming consoles, printer, media servers, smart speakers, and more.

Making your own electronics from scratch may seem daunting at first, but we promise: There are plenty of simple, easy, and inexpensive Raspberry Pi projects that don't require you to code. They're great for tinkerers and makers of all ages.

Here are our favorite projects.

(Not sure what board to use? You can check out our favorite Raspberry Pi boards here.)

Published: June 8, 2017 -- 12:54 GMT (05:54 PDT)
Caption by: Fox Van Allen

HamCation: See Us in Tamp Bay This Weekend!

2017-12-07 19:38:38

Come see us this weekend, Friday December 8th and Saturday December 9 at the 2017 Tampa Bay Hamfest. 2301 West Oak Ave, Plant City, FL. Buy your tickets at the Tampa show for $15.00 ea. #HamCation #ARRL

FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

2017-11-29 08:55:38

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had asked the FCC to make call signs consisting of one letter, followed by two digits, followed by one letter (1 ×× 1 format) available to Amateur Extra Class licensees. Alessi asserted that the number of Amateur Extra Class licensees who desire short call signs exceeds the available supply of 1 × 2 and 2 × 1 call signs, and that his plan would make available an additional 7,800 four-character call signs....
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FT-8: I’m not really feeling the magic

2017-11-27 21:32:01

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU 

Partly out of curiosity and partly because my friend Jeff, KE9V, shamed me into it, I setup my Signalink interface, downloaded WSJT-X from, and started operating FT-8, the latest “shiny object” (as the ARRL dubbed it) from the K1JT team. As you probably know, this mode has really caught on with the digital crowd, and the waterfall is chock full of FT-8 signals. Part of the reason for this is that it has some of the characteristics of JT-65, but is not as excruciatingly slow.

CAPTION: A waterfall display generated by WSJT-X at 7:30 pm, 11/23/17....
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AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use

2017-11-24 10:16:30

At 06:50 UTC on November 23, 2017, AMSAT Engineering officially commissioned AO-91 (RadFxSat/Fox-1B). AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, turned over operation to AMSAT Operations in a QSO on the AO-91 transponder with Mark Hammond, N8MH, of the AMSAT Operations team during the pass over the Eastern United States.

N8MH responded and declared AO-91 open for amateur use!...
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SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar Set for November 27

2017-11-24 09:54:01

A free webinar, “What is SKYWARN™ Recognition Day and how can you participate?” will take place on November 27 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on November 28). Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar

SRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During SRD, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted....
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Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

2017-11-22 14:09:23

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the first elements of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into low-Earth orbit.

Starting on Monday, December 11, 2017 (UTC), Amateur Radio club stations at various NASA centers and facilities will be on the air with special event operations to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones. Some clubs will offer commemorative QSL cards, and a special certificate will be available indicating the number of NASA club stations worked on various bands and modes....
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Realtime Band Conditions Website

2017-11-22 11:28:30

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
and casual QSO's.

This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
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Election Results for 2018 Officers

2017-11-20 23:26:29
John Rutledge (KS4GD)
Club President
Jon Rutledge
David R. Kerl (N9HF)
Club Vice-President
David R. Kerl

Club Treasurer
Linda Straubel
Carolyn Truesdale (KI4VWP)
Club Secretary
Carolyn Truesdale

Captain John LoCicero (K4TUG)
Honorary Director 2018
Captain John LoCicero
Kerry Dunham (KA4NHH)
Director 2018-2019
Kerry Dunham

Director 2018-2019
Arthur Byrnes
Tom Bilello (NW0LF)
Director 2017-2018
Tom Bilello
Ed Coty (KA1G)
Director 2017-2018
Ed Cote
Dennis Burgoyne (WD3B)
Director 2017-2018
Dennis Burgoyne

Testing Successful, and moving to a new night!

2017-11-20 22:52:14

After years of successful testing, and only 5 failed attempts, we have helped a number of individual become Amateur Radio Operators!

Due to scheduling conflicts and concerns, testing will resume January 2018, now on the Second Saturday of the month, except for December (unconfirmed)

Next Testing Session:
January 13th, 2018
Each Location to be determined... possibly all the same.

Contact us now to reserve your spot (so we know how many are coming.)

The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology

2017-11-19 13:29:38

Made between the 1947 invention of the transistor at Bell Labs and the 1956 awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to its creators, this documentary is less about the discovery itself than its anticipated impact on technology and society. The intent of the film was clearly to give the public of that era their first understanding of what a transistor was and why it mattered so much.

Made for a general audience, the film provides a clear and concise presentation on technological developments that began with the vacuum tube, showing different types of transistors and explaining the significance in their ultimate replacement of tubes....
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Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

2017-11-16 16:39:45

Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78-GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9.

“We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz,” Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors. “We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the Northeast and mountaintop access is limited.”

On the Canadian side were Rene Barbeau, VE2UG, and Ray Perrin, VE3FN. On the US side were Henry Ingwersen, KT1J, and Seguin. The first contacts were between FN35ja and FN34jx — a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), “primarily to tests systems,” Seguin said. “Contacts were easily made in SSB with huge signals on both ends.”

Next, N1JEZ and KT1J moved to FN34lt — extending the distance to 27 kilometers (16.7 miles), and again easily made contact with the Canadian crew. — Thanks to Mike Seguin, N1JEZ

The World’s Largest Hamshack : Ham Nation 326

2017-11-16 07:44:42


Emergency SET this weekend

2017-11-13 17:19:32

Here is the final information for this weekend's meeting and simulated emergency test event.
Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator 
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

HamCation(sm) is right around the corner...

2017-11-08 17:59:30

T minus 3 months and counting! Need tickets??? Ticket price increases Jan 1.


FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

2017-11-08 08:49:40

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helping their neighbors, hardworking Federal Emergency Management Agency staff — including communications personnel in Emergency Support Function #2 — the dedicated regulators of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, and the FCC’s own Roberto Mussenden, who has spent the past month away from his family on the mainland in order to help the island where he grew up.”

“Additionally, Amateur Radio operators, broadcasters, cable operators, fixed wireless companies, wireline carriers, and mobile providers have stepped up to the plate, working overtime to connect the disconnected,” Pai continued. “All of this work reflects the ethos I saw on many signs and t-shirts during my time on the island: ‘Puerto Rico Se Levanta’ [Puerto Rico is Rising].”...
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This week it's all about Arduino and Ham radio.

2017-11-05 19:42:46

Our guest will be Glen Popile, KW5GP, the author of several ARRL books such as "Arduino for ham radio", "Meshed Networks" and now a new book. Glen Popiel will discuss all the new projects and show them to us. Phone lines and chat room will be open for our world wide viewers to ask questions or provide comments. You can watch this show on Amateur Radio Roundtable every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM central on W5KUB.Com Our program is also simulcast on famous international shortwave station WBCQ on 5130 kHz. If you have an interesting topic and would like to be on a future show please contact us. We invite you to join our ham radio facebook group at

November Elections

2017-11-04 16:21:48

Presentation: Al Helfrick - 50 years of Ham Radio

Positions up for elections and current nominees:

Club President:
KS4GD - Jon Rutledge

Club Vice-President:
N9HF - David R. Kerl

Club Treasurer:
WD3B - Dennis Burgoyne

Club Secretary:
KI4VWP - Carolyn Truesdale

Director Positions: (2 open...)

K4TUG - Captain John Locicero
KA4NHH - Kerry Dunham
KA4WDK - Arthur Byrnes

This is the information taken from the Ballot designed for our elections coming soon.. Please contact the club to make sure you are eligible to vote. This will be difficult to confirm once we've arrived at the meeting. If your name was printed on the recent club-member sign-in sheets, you are probably ok.

19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) event

2017-11-04 16:06:43

Hello everyone,

The 19th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) event has been officially announced and the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne will once again be participating!  SRD provides a venue for NWS offices to recognize Amateur Radio operators for their commitment in helping keep their communities weather safe. Amateur Radio operators will be on the airwaves at over 100 NWS offices across the country for this 24 hour event, which will run this year from 7 PM Friday, December 1st and continue through 7 PM Saturday, December 2nd.

This year we plan on having at least one HF station, hopefully two, as well as operating on 2M and Echolink.  The need for volunteer operators on HF this year will greatly depend on how many HF stations we will have set up, which is still being worked out.  However, volunteers for 2M operations and Echolink will definitely be needed....
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Building a Solar Charger

2017-10-29 08:15:13

There is lots of scope for outdoor electronics. A solar charger is useful for this : ) The 90-second video here describes it.

I wanted to have a general purpose outdoor solar charger that could be used for (say) powering outdoor speakers, or for evening lighting. I wanted something that could easily charge some tens of Watt-hours energy capacity batteries, so that there is lots of power available, but small enough that it doesn’t need a massive panel.


I have several compact solar panels and a few rechargeable batteries to test with for now, but I hope to find slightly larger panels and batteries too.

A charge current of a few amps was the ballpark I was looking for, and the ability to charge a cell or 2- or 3-cell battery, perhaps up to 12V.

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Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

2017-10-27 19:23:21

The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said.

This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subjects as soldering, using drones, setting up a Facebook page, and configuring and using a smartphone.

“These types of programs were dropped by RadioShack years ago,” Freers told the newspaper. “Now we have the opportunity to bring them back. We have to get to the next generation. RadioShack will die out if we don’t get to them.”...
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Catalogs are about possibilities

2017-10-27 12:05:02

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn’t afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities.

[[Images of the Allied and Lafayette catalogs go here.]]
Caption: I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid. These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.

So, you can imagine how I felt when, last Thursday, I found both the Autumn/Winter 2017 DX Engineering catalog and the 2018-2019 Newark Electronics/element14 catalog in my mailbox.

DX Engineering has really taken the amateur radio world by storm over the last ten years or so. I probably don’t have to tell you about that. If you’re an active amateur radio operator, I’m sure that you have heard about—and probably ordered from—DX Engineering....
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2017-10-23 17:25:10

A large hole has opened in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth. Estimated time of arrival: Oct. 24th. First contact with the gaseous material is expected to produce minor G1-class geomagnetic storms, intensifying to moderately strong G2-class storms on Oct. 25th as Earth moves deeper into the stream. Arctic sky watchers can expect to witness bright auroras. The lights could descend to lower latitudes as well, with sightings in northern-tier US states along a line from Maine to Washington. Visit for more information and updates.

Webmaster needed

2017-10-12 06:56:45

Due to my new 16 hours a day on my feet schedule, I have nothing left at the end of the day, much less for any of my customers for computer repair and maintenance.

I am looking for a new webmaster to take over the website completely as I will be moving out of town to continue working and will be further out of touch with the club.

If you are interested, please contact me by email at

Hope to see you all soon.
Jeff Mathews

2017-10-09 06:39:34

“In this video I show how to transmit radio signals with a Raspberry Pi! This video includes the complete steps from the beginning, where we format and reinstall the operating system (Raspbian), enable SSH access, upload audio files, install the necessary programs, and how to use them.

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Silent Key - Robert L. Ledford, M. Sgt US Army - WA4IDI

2017-10-01 09:22:57

Robert L. Ledford, M.Sgt., US Army retired, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility. He battled Parkinson and lung cancer for many years. Born on March 1, 1941, in Hannibal, Missouri. Bob graduated high school in Moline, IN and received an Associate of Science degreee from Vincennes University. In 1962 Bob moved to the Port Orange area with his parents. He was a member of the Florida National Guard, retiring after 37 years of service. He earned numerous commendations during his career and he was activated with his unit to serve in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Bob married Anne Worling, October 27, 1984. they were longtime residents of Daytona Beach before his National Guard unit was relocated to Jacksonville and then St. Augustine. They settled in Ormond Beach, after he retired in 2001, to be close to family. Bob enjoyed motorcycles, computers and was a ham radio operator. He and Anne shared many motorcycle adventures with fellow Gold Wing enthusiasts. In recent years, he shifted from the gold Wing to a Can Am Spider, which was his pride and joy. He spent most Saturday mornings at the local Can Am dealership, having coffee and donuts and shooting the breeze. He devoted many hours to helping friends with their home computers and setting up web pages. Via Facebook he kept his friends and family up to date on his political views or daily happenings. He was a member of the Daytona Beach Amateur radio Association and operated ham radios for over 50 years. Bob is survived by his wife of 33 years Anne, his mother Mary Ledford, a cousin, a niece and four nephews. He was soft spoken and had a quick wit. He will be missed by many. Memorial service will be held at, First Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach at 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017. Donations may be made to: VITAS, 2381 Mason Ave., Suite 100, Daytona Beach.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 1, 2017

The Current Space Weather Observation at 2017 Sep 29 03:30 UTC

2017-09-29 07:44:28

SF 91/Ap 55/Kp 3/Spots 40 09/28/2017/#Solar Wind 611 km/s#spaceweather #suninfo

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level occurred.

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Many hopeful that Ham Radio can help them contact their loved ones

2017-09-28 13:18:23

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local press representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio involvement in Puerto Rico. This is likely to increase as word spreads in the national media about our activities.

For inquiries from the public, ARRL advises that these individuals should be informed that amateurs traveling to the island to support the American Red Cross effort will be tasked with handling outbound traffic only. With that in mind, members of the public should access the American Red Cross Safe and Well System. Status information from friends and relatives in Puerto Rico will be entered into the system as it arrives from amateurs stationed there....
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